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NDSU Leadership Program Seeking Participants

The NDSU Extension Service's Rural Leadership North Dakota program is accepting applications for its 2007-09 class, which starts in October.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is looking for individuals who want to become part of creating the future for their organization, community and state.

The Extension Service's Rural Leadership North Dakota program is accepting applications for its 2007-09 class, which starts in October.

RLND is a two-year program that teaches participants to be willing, effective leaders with the skills to overcome challenges and guide North Dakota into the future.

Participants attend 10 workshops throughout the state and take a six-day study tour to Washington, D.C. They learn to think critically and creatively, work with people, communicate effectively, use technology, understand agricultural and rural policy, and find innovative ways to fund local and regional development. They also create a network of contacts and resources they can tap into for ideas, answers and support.

To practice what they learn, participants develop and implement a project that benefits their organization, community or region. Projects have included a visitor center/museum in Dawson, community playground and new housing in Watford City, park in Devils Lake, new swimming pool in New England and community technology center in Crosby.

""I would highly recommend Rural Leadership North Dakota,"" says 2003-05 RLND class member Vicki Monsen of Watford City. ""It made a big difference in our community, and I think it would make a big difference in any participant's community."

July 1 is the deadline to apply to join the 2007-09 class.

Applicants must have been a state resident for at least a year and be able to attend all of the seminars and the study tour.

Participants will be responsible for tuition of $1,375 for each of the two years. Scholarships are available for part of the tuition. Funding from other sources covers the rest of the $11,000 cost per participant. Those other funding sources include the NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota businesses and organizations, foundations, granting agencies and individuals.

For more information on RLND, or if you want to apply or nominate someone for the class, visit RLND's Web site at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/rlnd or send an e-mail to mailto:r-leader@ndsuext.nodak.edu.

Agriculture Communication

Source:Marie Hvidsten, (701) 231-5803, marie.hvidsten@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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